Los Angeles and San Diego in March 2011
In March 2011, I had to make a trip to Los Angeles for a conference; specifically, I was staying in Newport Beach, just south of LA, but I managed to make several trips into the city to see friends and visit a few places. In addition, I also managed to make it to San Diego, on a burning hot day, for a trip to the zoo.
This was my first trip to Los Angeles; since then (at the time of writing this, in August 2013) I have been back another three times, and know the city much better. This is thankfully the last set of photos I took with a really bad camera... I upgraded to a slightly less bad one (Lumix FZ100) shortly after I got back.
Me, reasonably fresh faced at the start of the week in Newport Beach, California.
The road to the beach from my hotel in Newport Beach, California.
The beach and some beachfront homes, in Newport Beach, California.
I like to call this: Americana. I picked up the can, have no fear.
A dinner buffet at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach, CA.
My typical American lunch, in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, California.
Surfers going home as the sun set in Newport Beach, CA.
Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway towards San Diego, California.
A peacock inside the San Diego Zoo. California.
Flamingos inside the San Diego Zoo, California.
A gorilla inside the San Diego Zoo, California.
Camels in the San Diego Zoo, California.
An elephant trying to cool down, in San Diego Zoo, California.
A panda in the San Diego Zoo, California.
Driving through San Diego, on the way back to Los Angeles
A random street scene in San Diego, California.
A blurry photo of the kind of fattening desserts I was eating in California.
Sea and sand, in Newport Beach, California.
Waves crashing down on the beach, in California.
Leeds Mattress Stores in Huntington Beach, CA. I was amused by the name.
Looking out over Los Angeles from Mount Griffiths, California.
Looking out over hills from Mount Griffiths, Los Angeles.
The Mount Griffiths Observatory, Los Angeles, California.
Downtown LA as seen from Mount Griffiths, Los Angeles.
The distant Hollywood sign, in the evening sun. At Mount Griffiths, Los Angeles.
The sunset, as seen from Mount Griffiths, Los Angeles.
Me, climbing up Mount Griffiths, Los Angeles.
A giant guitar. At Universal CityWalk, in Los Angeles, California.
At Gindhi Thai restaurant, with my friend Amy. In Burbank, Los Angeles.
A faerie house inside a tree, in Burbank, Los Angeles.